U17 World Cup: Mali Beats Argentina 3-0, Clinches Bronze

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Mali’s U17 team secured a resounding 3-0 victory against Argentina in the bronze medal match of the FIFA U17 World Cup, cementing its position as one of the tournament’s most formidable teams.

Mali asserted its dominance early in the encounter, with Ibrahim Diarra opening the scoring in the 9th minute after his expertly controlled strike from Sekou Kone’s pass found the back of the net.

Mali U-17 captain Ibrahim Diarra celebrates goal against Argentina with teammates.

The Africans continued to dictate the tempo and their efforts were rewarded on the stroke of half-time when Mamadou Doumbia headed home Hamidou Makalou’s free-kick. 2-0!!!

The second half saw Mali maintain their control as the Africans extended the advantage with a quite astonishing goal.

Inside Argentina’s box, Makalou nutmegged Tobias Palacio and with one swift body-swerve he side-stepped Dylan Gorosito and goalkeeper Jeremias Florentin, before tapping the ball into an empty net to make it 3-0 to Mali.

Mali’s Hamidou Makalou celebrates goal against Argentina during U-17 FIFA World Cup.

Argentina’s Claudio Echeverri – who came on as a half-time substitute – thought he had reduced the deficit with a neat finish shortly after the hour, but he had strayed offside. Argentina struggled to find a way back into the match, and Mali’s resolute defence ensured they held on to their lead comfortably.

There were to be no further goals, as Mali comfortably breezed past one of the favourites to record an impressive victory.

“We’re happy. We would have liked to take home the cup, but this bronze medal is very nice,” Mali’s Diarra said after the match. ”

“During the match, we stuck together, and I dedicate this victory to the Malian people.”

Mali’s victory marked a fitting end to its impressive campaign in Indonesia, showcasing their attacking prowess and defensive solidity.

Their bronze medal performance served as a testament to their resilience and determination and they departed the tournament with their heads held high.